Treatment For Your Neck Pain In Littleton, Colorado
The neck, commonly referred to as the cervical spine, is one of the most flexible and movable parts within the human body. However, with increased motion, we also increase the susceptibility of neck injuries and other neck related problems. The cervical spine is made up of seven bones called vertebrae. These vertebrae make up a c-shaped curve, which acts like a shock absorber and is very important to normal functioning of the neck. Neck pain and stiffness that occur regularly may indicate a serious problem and require treatment at a Neck Pain Clinic such as Higher Elevations Chiropractic.
Neck pain treatment is based on the individual type and cause of pain being experienced. There are four types of neck pain. These include: Axial Neck Pain, which commonly manifests in the form of whiplash; Muscle Strain/sprain, or soft tissue injuries including disc pathologies; and Radiculopathy, which manifests at the neck and usually causes numbness and tingling down the neck into the shoulders and sometimes into the hands. Lastly, Myelopathy, which causes muscle weakness in the arms and legs, and is associated with neck pain, and walking difficulties.
Common Conditions Of The Cervical Spine
- Violent hyperextension (backward bending) or flexion (forward bending)
- Cervical Disc Degenerative Disease
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Cervical Spinal Stenosis
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Myositis or Muscle Hypertonicity
Both disc herniations and cervical stenosis can lead to a condition in which the spinal nerve root in the neck is irritated and/or compressed. Nerve irritation may cause sensory and/or motor abnormalities called neurologic deficit. In addition to neck pain, tingling and numbness in an arm or hand are examples of a sensory abnormality related to compressed nerves. Weakness and loss of reflexes are examples of a motor abnormality also indicating nerve pathologies. Cervical radiculopathy may cause symptoms to appear in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers but is not restricted to these areas.